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Gone meditating

A quick one, Kristin and I are about to embark on a 10-day vipassana. During this time, no communication is allowed (including internet, voice, or eye-contact, although there may be a twitter loophole that has yet to be plugged).

We’ll be back on June 28 with more posts.

Like a Virgin

In a down economy, most countries fall back on their primary commodities. While the US ‘Buys American’, Nepal has cornered the market in pre-pubescent Virgins. One such pure soul, the Kumari, is a living goddess believed to be a manifestation of the Hindu goddess Durga. She is selected by a committee of [...]

Politics Nepali Style

Politics Nepali-style is a bit like Korean food – a mish-mash of parties strewn about, thrown into a parliamentary pot and left to stew indefinitely. These days it seems the ultimate pickled party is the Maoists, a Communist party that fought a People’s War from 1996-2006 to reform the ruling monarchy, but have [...]